The group’s name comes from the mythology of Dahomey, the African kingdom that would become Loueke’s homeland of Benin. Aziza is the god of inspiration, a small, elusive woodland creature that lends its magic to artists and hunters in the woods. It’s an apt name for a quartet that so deftly blends the spiritual and the earthy, the organic and the mystical.
Chris Potter: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Lionel Loueke: guitar, vocals
Dave Holland: bass
Eric Harland: drums